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Vietnamese entertainer pleads guilty to US child molestation charges

Monday, August 15, 2016, 18:15 GMT+7

A Vietnamese entertainer pleaded guilty on Thursday to two felony counts of sexually assaulting a minor and attempting to commit a lewd act on a fictitious minor in California, USA.

Hong Quang Minh, aka Minh Beo, was convicted of one felony count of oral copulation of a minor and one felony count of attempting to commit a lewd act upon a child under the age of 14, the Orange County District Attorney said in a press release the same day.

The 38-year-old is expected to be condemned to 18 months in a state prison and subject to mandatory lifetime placement on the sex offender registry at his sentencing at West Justice Center in Westminster on December 16, 2016, according to the statement.

The Orange County District Attorney said the defendant was eligible but not offered probation.

The agreed-upon 18-month sentence follows the statutory sentencing scheme on the charges to which Hong pleaded guilty.

On March 20, during his visit to Orange County and Atlanta, Georgia, Minh Beo spoke to a group of dancers at a talent show held at a radio station in Huntington Beach and told the dancers that he was hosting auditions for a video project.

Three days later, Minh Beo orally copulated a 16-year-old boy, name withheld, when the victim arrived for the audition, according to the case file. Shortly thereafter, the boy reported the crime to the Garden Grove Police Department (GGPD), who investigated this case.

The next day, an undercover GGPD officer posing as a fictitious teen communicated with the defendant while further investigating the case.

Minh Beo set up a meeting with the officer, whom he believed to be a minor, with the intent of committing a lewd act. The defendant was subsequently arrested by GGPD.

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